Gaming laptop HP OMEN X 2S (15-dg0004ur): look screen…
HP OMEN X 2S is another laptop equipped with an optional display. I say “another” because last year in the test lab visited models such as the ASUS ZenBook and ZenBook 14 UX434FL Pro Duo UX581GV, they also used two of the screen. This suggests that “mnogochislennoi” the laptops will soon become commonplace, therefore, the character of the test can be attributed to the pioneers. Let us study in detail the HP OMEN X 2S.
Specifications, equipment and
Under the General title of the HP OMEN X 2S hiding multiple versions of mobile PC with a 15.6-inch screen. An additional display was not so large, its diagonal can be compared to the diagonals of modern smartphones. The table below shows all the main characteristics of the device.
|HP OMEN X 2S|
|The main display||The 15.6″, 3840 × 2160, IPS, 60Hz, G-SYNC
15,6″, 1920 × 1080, IPS, 144/240 Hz, G-SYNC
|Additional display||6″, 1920 × 1080, IPS, 60 Hz|
|The CPU||Intel Core i9-9880H
Intel Core i7-9750H
|Video card||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
|RAM||Up to 32 GB, DDR4-3200|
|Installing drives||2 × M. 2 to PCI Express x4 mode 3.0, up to 2 TB|
|Interfaces||1 × Thunderbolt 3 (combined with USB Type-C and DisplayPort)
2 × 3.2 Gen1 USB Type-A
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A
1 × 3.5 mm mini Jack
1 × RJ-45
1 × HDMI
|Built-in battery||72 W⋅h|
|External power supply||230 W|
|Dimensions||362 × 262 × 20 mm|
|The weight of the laptop||2,46 kg|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home|
|Price in Russia (according to “Yandex.Market”)||No data|
To our test got the model number 15-dg0004ur is the most fancy modification “Omena”, presented in 2019. Based on the test model is based on the 8-core Core i9-9880H, graphics GeForce RTX 2080 in design Max-Q, 32 GB of RAM DDR4-3200 and a pair of terabyte SSDS combined into RAID-array zero level. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, the version 15-dg0004ur not sold, but last month, according to “Yandex.Market”, it could be bought for 283 000.
In OMEN X 2S used the wireless module Intel Wireless-AC 9560, which supports Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of up to 1.73 Gbit/s and 5 Bluetooth.
Included with the test model were two things. First — a fairly large external power supply 230 watts and a weight of 740 grams. The second rubber pad under the wrist.
Appearance and input device
Design laptops series OMEN recognizable. Last year we tested the model OMEN 17-cb0006ur, and the hero of today’s review looks like a little brother to this laptop: version OMEN X 2S is much more compact and easier — this is its main difference when looking at laptops in a closed form.
Cover test “Harbinger” is made of aluminum, has a simple angular pattern and highlighted by default red logo. The rest of the body is also made of metal, painted in Matt black color. Alas, the device actively attracts dust and fingerprints — this is especially true of the glass panel with the second display. So don’t be lazy and often wipe the laptop.
One of the design features OMEN X 2S — raised above the phone screen, what has been achieved thanks to a massive trapezoidal lower frame. Its width varies from 18 to 34 mm. Wide and 19 mm for “Omena” and top frame, and therefore the shape of the notebook in a closed form is committed to the square.
The use of the loops as close to the center, makes the cover X-computer… delicate — this very exact wording in the review 17 OMEN picked up my colleague Valery Kosygin. The fact that the cover on the sides quite easily bent, so handle it carefully. But it is easy to open with one hand, and the maximum opening angle is approximately 135 degrees.
The rest of the laptop is assembled well, the area with the second display and the keyboard does not bend.
The thickness of the device does not exceed 20 mm, and its weight is 2.4 kg — ultrabook OMEN X 2S do not call, but periodically carry the device quite comfortable.
All major interfaces of the notebook are located on the sides, and the grille for output hot air is at the back. To the left of the “Omena” is the power connector, HDMI output, two USB 3.1 Gen1 A-type, RJ-45 and 3.5 mm mini-Jack for connecting a headset. To the right is a full-sized USB 3.1 Gen2 and Thunderbolt 3, combined with USB type C and DisplayPort. OMEN X 2S — gaming laptop, and all necessary this class of laptops ports it has.
Keyboard and touchpad the laptop as close to the user, and in 2020 this location cannot be called unusual. Like we saw in the ASUS ROG Zephyrus’s and Acer Predator Triton 900. What is included with OMEN X 2S is a support under the wrist, does HP honor — with her use of the device becomes much more comfortable.
To the keyboard I have no major complaints — it is convenient. Let me just note that the key “domain” have high sensitivity for switching enough the lightest touch. The manufacturer States that buttons work when you press the depth of 1.5 mm.
Block WASD is additionally highlighted by white edging. Under each key laid RGB LEDs, so the programme OMEN Command Center, you can further configure each button.
For the touchpad I also have no complaints. It’s small, but with mechanical buttons and is configured for tracking the cursor and scrolling with two fingers.
Of course, our main attention in OMEN X 2S attracts the second screen. The touchpad has a diagonal of 6 inches, it is enclosed under a massive glass. The screen supports Full HD resolution and the default is a continuation of the main laptop display. For example you can drag and drop the shortcuts to the most frequently launched applications. Or you can open the browser and watch videos while doing other things. Can be displayed on this display any messenger, Twitch, shell, Spotify, and so on — in General, the functionality of the device expands due to the increase in screen space. Subjective assessment of the ease of use of the secondary display depends entirely on the way you used to use a computer.
The image from the main screen can be displayed on the secondary display completely or partially. Note that when you play the second screen stops being touch – unfortunately, you will not be able to simultaneously be in the game and swipe to switch between browser tabs. Will have to use Alt+Tab.
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Together with the inclusion of OMEN X 2S to an additional “window” is activated the program OMEN’s Command Center. This app optimized for display on a 6-inch screen, so it looks neat, and to work with them conveniently. In the command center you can select operation mode of the notebook or configure it myself. And here is given information on the status of the main components of the system. The program also includes a customizable backlit keyboard and second display.
Unfortunately, not always stable. The most common case is a demonstration of the incorrect values of the temperatures of the CPU and GPU. Chips laptop, according to OMEN’s Command Center, and sometimes negative values in the Celsius scale. Hopefully software updates will fix these shortcomings.
With additional buttons located above the touchpad, you can turn the screen off, change its brightness and instantly change the displays in some places. There is also a separate button that includes the calculator. In my opinion, it would be nice to add a button to run the digital unit on display — a lot of it is not enough.
Webcam in laptops OMEN traditionally supports a resolution of Full HD — and that it is fundamentally different from the obsolete 720p cameras, still used in 99 % of modern laptops.
The internal structure and capabilities upgrade
Take off the plastic cover OMEN X 2S I failed. In the theory all is very simple: Unscrew the six Torx-screws and remove the bottom. Here only in practice, no matter how I tried, the bottom cover did not want to come unfastened. Sorry, even in the case of our Assembly to change nothing in the computer system pumped to the max.
For heat removal from CPU and GPU and their power strapping meets the General cooling system OMEN of Tempest consists of four teplorulon, aluminum radiators and a rather large copper pads, forming a common massive outline. Also in the design of the cooler uses a pair of fans, equipped with hydrodynamic bearings. It is known that the thermal interface in OMEN X 2S selected liquid metal Thermal Grizzly — it will be interesting to test the device. According to the manufacturer, the thermal conductivity of this thermal interface is 10 times higher than that of silicon thermal paste.
Two memory modules ADATA AO1P32MCST2-BN9S forms an array with a total volume of 32 GB and operates at a frequency of 3200 MHz. Support 2.5-inch drives, as in a conventional OMEN 15/17, no — there are only two M. 2 slot. In the case of a test pattern have terabyte SSD WD WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-1T00-1006.
Since the laptop has a productive schedule, we tested the game with maximum or close to those graphic settings. Full list used for testing games and settings is given in the table below.
|Name||API||The quality of the graphics||Full screen anti-aliasing|
|Full HD||Ultra HD|
|Far Cry New Dawn, built-in benchmark||DirectX 11||Maximum quality HD textures on.||TAA||TAA|
|The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, Novigrad and surrounding area||Mode “beyond quality”, NVIDIA HairWorks Inc., HBAO+||AA||AA|
|GTA V, the built-in benchmark (last scene)||Max. quality, additional quality settings — on, the resolution scale of the image — off 16 × AF||FXAA + 4 × MSAA||Without AA|
|Dota 2, replay of the match||Maximum quality||Incl.||Incl.|
|Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, benchmark function||Mode “the Most high”||High||High|
|Total War: Three Kingdoms, built-in benchmark||Mode “Max.”||TAA||TAA|
|World of Tanks enCore 1.0, benchmark||Mode “Ultra”||TSSAA HQ||TSSAA HQ|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider built-in benchmark||DirectX 12||Max. quality, DXR off.||TAA||TAA|
|Battlefield V the mission “the Last Tiger”||Mode “Ultra”, DXR off.||TAA||TAA|
|Metro Exodus, benchmark function||Mode “Ultra”||TAA||TAA|
|Red Dead Redemption 2, built-in benchmark||Vulkan||Max. quality, additional quality settings is off.||TAA||TAA|
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||DirectX 9||Max. quality||8 × MSAA||8 × MSAA|
Gaming performance was determined using the well known program FRAPS. With its help we get the render time of each frame. Then, using FRAFS Bench Viewer utility is calculated not only the average FPS, but the 99th percentile. Using the 99th percentile instead of the minimum of the number of frames per second due to the desire to clear the results from the random bursts of productivity that was triggered not directly associated with the operation of the main components of the platform causes.
Performance measurement of CPU and memory was conducted with the following:
- Corona 1.3. To test the speed of rendering using the same rendering. To measure the speed of constructing a standard BTR scenes used for measuring performance.
- WinRAR 5.40. Archiving folders with a volume of 11 GB with different data format RAR5 and with the maximum degree of compression.
- Blender 2.80 RC1. Determination of the speed of the final rendering in one of the most popular free package for creating three-dimensional graphics. Measured the duration of the construction of the final model from Blender Cycles Benchmark rev4.
- x264 FHD Benchmark. Speed test video transcoding format H. 264/AVC.
- x265 HD Benchmark. Speed test video transcoding format H. 265/HEVC.
- CINEBENCH R15 and R20. Measurement of performance photorealistic three-dimensional rendering and animation package CINEMA 4D-test the CPU.
- Fritz 9 Chess Benchmarks. Test speed popular chess engine.
- Adobe Premier Pro 2019. Render the project in 4K.
- PCMark 10. A comprehensive benchmark that defines the level of performance of all components of the laptop.
Testing a display is performed with a colorimeter X-Rite i1Display Pro and HCFR application.
The time of the laptop battery was tested in two modes. The first version of the load — surfing the web — involves alternately opening and closing tabs sites 3DNews.ru, Computeruniverse.ru and Unsplash.com with an interval of 30 seconds. For this test, use the Google Chrome browser up to date at the time of testing version. In the second mode, the reproduced video format .mkv and Full HD in the embedded player Windows with activated snooze function. In all cases, exhibited the same display brightness 180 CD/m2, and shut off the keypad backlight (if available) and sound. When playing video the laptop worked in a mode “plane”.
In games and other applications the results the following laptops:
|ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III (G531GW-AZ124T)||15,6″, 1920 × 1080, IPS||Intel Core i9-9880H, 8/16 cores/threads, 2,3 (4,8) GHz, 45 W||32 GB DDR4-2666 dual-channel||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, 8 GB GDDR6||SSD, 1 TB||No data|
|ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU||15,6″, 1920 × 1080, IPS||Intel Core i7-9750H, 6/12 cores/threads, 2,6 (4,5) GHz, 45 W||16 GB DDR4-2666 dual-channel||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 6 GB of GDDR6||SSD, 512 GB||76 W⋅h|
|ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA506IV||15,6″, 1920 × 1080, IPS||AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, 8/16 cores/threads, and 2.9 (4.2 GHz), 45 W||32 GB DDR4-3200 dual-channel||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 6 GB GDDR6||SSD, 1 TB||90 W⋅h|
|Lenovo Legion 7i||15,6″, 1920 × 1080, IPS||Intel Core i9-10980HK, 8/16 cores/threads, 2,4 (5,3) GHz, 45 W||32 GB DDR4-3200 dual-channel||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q, 8 GB GDDR6||SSD, 2TB, PCI Express 3.0 x4||80 W⋅h|
|HP OMEN X 2S (15-dg0004ur)||The 15.6″, 3840 × 2160, IPS||Intel Core i9-9880H, 8/16 cores/threads, 2,3 (4,8) GHz, 45 W||32 GB DDR4-3200 dual-channel||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8 GB GDDR6||SSD, 2 TB||72 W⋅h|
Display and sound
In HP share of potential buyers OMEN X 2S to hardcore gamers and fans of multimedia. For the first available laptop with IPS-matrix with a reamer 144 and even 240 Hz, but with Full HD resolution. In our case, was set 4K display AUO AUO40EB with a vertical frequency of 60 Hz. I note that without exception OMEN X 2S to support the technology NVIDIA G-SYNC.
The display has a matte anti-reflective coating and has excellent brightness: the max luminance of white was 505 CD/m2, and the lowest was 20 CD/m2. With such brightness a device to use in the dark and in bright sunlight. Contrast AUO AUO40EB 1367:1, so the laptop is really good for watching movies, the image on the screen turns out deep and rich.
Calibration the primary display held above average. Color temperature is kept slightly higher than the standard 6500 K, the stability of the shades of gray in this case rather high. Gamma of 2.33 — is above the reference value of 2.2. Color gamut is even slightly superior to the standard sRGB. The average deviation of DeltaE for grayscale is 3.3 and the maximum of 7.35. The average error in the test ColorChecker24 was 4.95 with a maximum error of 11.4. With these results OMEN X 2S can be recommended to fans of games and movies, but the professionals who work with photo and video, I would recommend this laptop poosteregsya.
Viewing angles of the IPS-matrix, wide. Glow-effect is present, but PWM at any brightness I have not found.
Additional the same screen there is a claim. First, due to the presence of a protective glass panel, it is much glare — especially uncomfortable to use additional display becomes, if you sit in front of the window. Partly IPS-matrix ANX 7530 saves high brightness — 472 CD/m2, but only partially, as the screen constantly look at the angle and in this position, the display looks less bright. Minimum luminosity white secondary display is 83 CD/m2 — this parameter can be set using the buttons on the keyboard or in a program OMEN’s Command Center. There are five levels of brightness.
Secondly, with the calibration from ANX 7530 — trouble. Gamma too high and 2,85; the contrast is not too high — measurement showed 701:1; color temperature went to conquer the top layer of the stratosphere and wasn’t even on the chart, that is, it is above 9000 For the majority of the shades. The average deviation in the gray scale is 24, and the error in the test ColorChecker 24 reached 12.7 — these are the disappointing results shown by our analysis. In my opinion, once the laptop is worth more than 200 thousand rubles, there should be a high-quality OLED matrix, well, or IPS counterpart, at least not inferior in image quality to the main display.
But the sound in OMEN X 2S — excellent. Stock volume from the speakers, co-developed with Bang & Olufsen, not very high, but the sound is clean and even, that is, to feel the bass.
The efficiency of the CPU and RAM
HP OMEN X 2S has three modes: “Comfort”, “default” and “Performance”. The laptop has been tested in the last two.
The Intel Core i9-9880H at boot all eight cores, according to the specs of the Turbo Boost can run at a frequency of 4.1 GHz. “May” is the key word, since the TDP of the chip is nominally limited to 45 watts. If you periodically read reviews of gaming systems on our website, you certainly know that the “stones” Intel in such a typical heat dissipation will not be able to operate at high frequencies declared in a multi-threaded processor-intensive applications. Mode “default” in OMEN X 2S just sets the parameter PL1 in the value of 45 W in this mode of operation the power consumption of the 8-core higher than the stated rate only a short time. The mode “Performance” is already PL1 increases to 90 watts — and here it is important to remove heat from the CPU coped notebook cooler.
|The efficiency of the cooling system of the laptop and CPU performance|
|LinX 0.9.1||Adobe Premier Pro 2019|
|The value||Performance||Performance (XTU)||The value||Performance||Performance (XTU)|
|CPU frequency||Average||2.8 GHz||3,25 GHz||3.5 GHz||2.8 GHz||3.6 GHz||3.9 GHz|
|The temperature of the CPU||Maximum||73 °C||84 °C||82 °C||69 °C||94 °C||93 °C|
|Average||67 °C||90 °C||88 °C||87 °C||91 °C||90 °C|
|Noise||Maximum||37.5 dBA||43,5 dBA||Of 45.3 dBA||Of 37.7 dBA||43,5 dBA||47.7 dBA|
|Power consumption CPU||Secondary||A 45.6 W||78 W||72 W||45,5 W||90.3 W||90 W|
|Capacity: the Premier Pro 2019 (smaller is better), LinX (more — better)||251,1 GFLOPS||292,9 GFLOPS||316,7 GFLOPS||988 with||772 c||715 c|
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We see that in the “default” cooling system of the laptop is good with heat dissipation Core i9-9880H. So, the peak heating of the hot core is not exceeded 87 degrees Celsius, but the average (more relevant for laptops) performance does not exceed 70 degrees Celsius. The noise level of 37.5 and 37.7 dBA — not low, but loud work “domain” can not be considered. However, we see that if PL1 equal to 45 W, 8-core processor running at an average frequency of 2.8 GHz — Turbo Boost is activated but not in full force.
The inclusion of a mode “Performance” significantly increases the power limit of the chip, but with increasing voltage and frequency is increased and its heat. In the same Adobe Premier Pro 2019 the maximum temperature of the Core i9-9880H was 91 degrees Celsius. To further increase PL1 8-core, you need to increase the efficiency of the cooling system of the computer.
But even without that, the frequency of 8-core in complex computing tasks increased from 2.8 to 3.6 GHz. This growth has increased the performance of your laptop by 22 % — this is a tangible result. I increased it by 7% by the so-called downwelling (Intel XTU is allowed to reduce the VCore in Offset mode to 0.11 In).
In the “Productivity” work OMEN X 2S can be described as noisy, but not critical to human hearing. In General, the cooler the test model is working effectively — the liquid metal does its job. And it’s all because even though we are dealing with a fairly thin gaming laptop.
Laptops with 8-core Intel — frequent guests of the lab, their potential is well known to us. So OMEN X 2S showed the expected results. Below the graphs you can compare its performance with the performance of other mobile PC.
Below are the results of testing the laptop is integrated in the benchmark PCMark 10.
Pride OMEN X 2S — a mobile version of the GeForce RTX 2080 in the design of Max-Q.
In operation, the default frequency of GP varies from 1440 to 1530 MHz. The GPU temperature is raised to 62 degrees Celsius, and the noise level measured from a distance of 30 cm, is 41.2 dBA — in games “the omen”, as you can see, is loud, but still tolerable. The average value of the Core Max was 70 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 88 degrees. In default mode, the laptop works quite effectively.
In the “Performance” frequency of GP in the game “the Witcher 3” is changed in the range from 1515 to 1665 MHz. The laptop began to work more loudly — with the same distance measuring device is fixed to 42 dBA. The maximum temperature of the GPU and the CPU due to the increased capacity threshold increased to 65 and 97 degrees Celsius, respectively. Average value of Core Max was 77 degrees Celsius.
The cooling system of the laptop to cool never cool components however, now the price of a higher noise level.
In the benchmark Unigine Superposition when using the 1080p preset Extreme “the omen” scored 4320 points in the nominal mode and 4666 points in the “Performance”. That is, switching presets in OMEN Command Center sped up the laptop at 8 %.
Testing OMEN X 2S games were held in the “Productivity”. Table, attached below, shows that the GeForce RTX 2080 to Max-Q-the design is well suited for gaming in Full HD resolution. Low FPS when using the maximum or approximate to that graphics quality is observed only in the Metro Exodus — in this game you have to “shaman” from the settings.
The test model is Ultra HD — here “Omena” in most cases problems arise. I recommend you play in Full HD is the best resolution for 15-inch screens.
|HP OMEN X 2S (15-dg0004ur)|
|Full HD||Ultra HD|
|AVG FPS||1 % min FPS||AVG FPS||1 % min FPS|
|Far Cry New Dawn, built-in benchmark||97||68||44||37|
|The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, Novigrad and surrounding area||105||70||40||36|
|GTA V, the built-in benchmark (last scene)||82||57||54||34|
|Dota 2, replay of the match||173||93||111||65|
|Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, benchmark function||54||41||29||23|
|World of Tanks enCore 1.0, benchmark||148||95||54||41|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider built-in benchmark||93||71||40||34|
|Battlefield V the mission “the Last tiger”||97||71||45||38|
|Metro Exodus, benchmark function||53||27||24||13|
|Total War: Three Kingdoms, built-in benchmark||65||52||19||13|
|Red Dead Redemption 2, built-in benchmark||57||44||28||23|
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, map Mirage||356||179||210||127|
The performance of the disk subsystem
As already noted, in the test sample installed two WD WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-1T00-1006, configured for RAID 0. Such coupling markedly speeds up the laptop — I am judging, for example, the results of the benchmark PCMARK 10. The detailed features of this SSD, you can see in our review.
The laptop has a lithium-ion battery of six cells with total capacity of 72 W / h Autonomy OMEN X 2S, to put it mildly, does not Shine. Is this a minus (it still goes on quite a powerful system) — potential buyer must decide for himself. If these results showed any ultrabook, then there would be a failure. But I guess the fate of the “Omena” is infrequent transportation and work strictly from the network. I note here that the second display during the test was disabled.
|The battery life, 180 CD/m2|
|View the video||2 h 25 min|
Reflecting on this piece, I came to the conclusion that the HP OMEN X 2S I rather liked. I liked the fact that the device has good cooling and is pretty quiet at the same time. Apparently, the use of liquid metal allows to take from the same Core i9 to 90 watts of power and 80 watts from the GPU. I again bring your attention to the fact that all this goodness is enclosed in a housing with a thickness of 20 mm.
With the functionality of OMEN X 2S, all right — except that I would like to get a “free” card reader. To use the keyboard as a whole is convenient — say this as someone who has tested a lot of such devices. To it you just have to get used to and get used to the fact that the laptop will have to position myself a little further. Display for gaming and watching videos is good.
Low battery I will not be attributed to the shortcomings of the device — in this matter a lot how the laptop will benefit. The hero of the review clearly doesn’t look outdoorsy model, which is everywhere and always take with them.
The contradictory impressions left secondary display. In theory, it really enhances the functionality of the considered PC. Someone is not necessary, but there are those who would find the use of a second screen, because we are all different. I do not understand only one: why the manufacturer installed a fairly low-quality matrix? Yes, we are talking only about the additional screen, which plays only an auxiliary role. It will not look like movies. But we are dealing with an expensive premium device. So why not do everything well at once? It is not clear…